The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) has called for a state of emergency on maternity mortality in the country.
In a communique at the end of its 19th Annual National Women Conference in Lagos, COWLSO said that the issue of maternal mortality should not be taken for granted in the country.
According to the communique presented by the wife of the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Mrs Yeside Fagbohun, COWLSO said that maternal mortality should be seriously addressed, with a view to considerably bringing down the high figures in Nigeria.
”Maternal mortality is abysmally high; the death of a woman is more grievous than the death of a man. Maternal mortality is taken for granted in Nigeria and this must be seen as a national emergency,” COWLSO said.
It also called on government at all levels to empower and invest in women in order to maximise their capacity.
”An empowered and educated woman would raise empowered children, as a nation we need to invest effectively in maximising the capacity of women.
”All stakeholders – families, schools, religious bodies, communities and government must, therefore, play active roles in nurturing the child to be upright, hardworking, result oriented, focused, organised and have the fear of God.
”Moulding a child is a collective responsibility. Every child should have access to quality education,” the Committee said.
COWLSO urged people to see the limitless opportunities in entrepreneurship as a vital way out of financial difficulties.
The Committee urged women to strive to be a total woman, as ‘a total woman is a profitable daughter, an extra ordinary woman, a celebrated mother and award-winning woman’.
In her opening remarks, Chairman of COWLSO and First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said the conference had been positively impactful and urged participants to make good use of the lessons learnt.
”We must all go back to our respective offices, homes and business areas to put what we have learned into practice,” she said.
Also speaking at the closing ceremony, Gov. Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended COWLSO for putting together a brilliantly impactful conference and urged the women to be the ambassadors of his administration.
Represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji, Sanwo-Olu said: ”I want to believe that we have all unlearnt; we have learned and we are going to relearn because learning is a life-long thing.
”Our take away is that after this conference, we owe a lot to this administration because we are all part of this administration.
”We are all going to be the Ambassadors of what the government is doing; we are going to be the role models for those things they have asked us to do and I hope that we wont allow it to just end here.
”We are going to be the Ambassadors of this administration, so that we can all together achieve the greater Lagos of our dear Governor.”
Several prizes including two houses, cars, return tickets to London, Dubai and Ghana, cash rewards, deep freezers, cooking gas, television, washing machines, exquisite beds, among others, were won by some of the participants at the conference.
Also, awards were presented to deserving women, including Nike Adeyemi, Senior Pastor of DayStar Christian Centre, Pastor (Mrs) Siju Iluyomade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and a former Presidential aspirant, Elishama Ideh, among others.